MICROTAPES & THE MICROTAPE +
The microtape series offers simple 'select' sounds and instruments. There is no rhyme or reason as to how this library will evolve - it's as much a surprise to us as anyone else. Not all tapes will appeal to everyone - this is why we have created this format, so that you don't end up purchasing redundant sounds (like in some larger library collections).
The interface is designed to allow customisable tape damage - via the 'Degrader' - as well as velocity sensitivity, velocity to filter (ie the quieter you play, the softer the tone), tone and pitch controls (the 2 large tape wheels) and an envelope control - with attack linked to the tone. This can mimic the engage of a tapehead onto the tape, as it can take a split second for the full tone to be reached, and can be disabled via the orange Tone button (which disables all Tone functions).
The Degrader controls are all linked to a random lfo setup, designed to mimic the fluctuations that an un-serviced tape machine with damaged tape can cause to the sound. The tape speed is set by the 'Speed' control, and affects all 3 Degrader controls simultaneously.
The 'Reverse' button reverses the playback of the sample, with the 'Saturation' button adding further texture to the sound.
Some of the microtapes will evolve into 'microtape+' modules - and will be made available as a free update to existing owners.
The new '+' series has a tape echo style sequencer and an fx page.
TAPE ECHO SEQUENCER
The microtape format also now has a 2 to 16 step tape echo sequencer,
adjustable volume and pan for each step. This can be tied in with the Degrader controls on the main page, so that random pitch,amp and tone
fluctuations can also affect each step of the echo (mimicking the effect
of a true tape delay).
This is quite realistic as the repeats are of course tape saturated
Phaser, Convolution Reverb and Delay